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5 techniques to make your life drawing classes fun

5 techniques to make your Life Drawing class fun!

If you have been going to life drawing classes for a while, you know that they can get frustrating because it takes a lot of time to improve and they can also become somewhat repetitive. Here are 5 small life drawing exercises to bring the fun back to Life Drawing!

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Life drawing exercises to make you life drawing class fun

Life drawing by Sandrine Pelissier.

Life drawing exercise #1: Draw your model without looking at it

This is about letting go of expectations! What can you realistically expect if you draw without ever looking at your paper once?

Paradoxically, this little life drawing exercise often leads to very expressive and interesting drawings. All you have to do is look at the model only and never look at your paper.

Here are a few example by our life drawing group member Therese Joseph. (Click on any picture to see a larger version)

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Life drawing exercise #2:Use a bunch of pencils at once

This is something fun, you can try to make life drawing classes more exciting, just hold a few colored pencils in your hand at the same time. Depending on the way you move your hand and the pressure you apply, one crayon or the other or both will leave a mark.

 

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Drawing by  Therese Joseph.

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Life drawing by Sandrine Pelissier.

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Life drawing by Sandrine Pelissier.

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Life drawing by Sandrine Pelissier.

Life drawing exercise #3: Draw without lifting your pencil

This little exercise is all about rhythm, try to get the pencil moving on the paper all the time.

One way to simplify this technique is to think about where the volumes are and try to depict them by drawing series of circles and round shapes, as in the examples below.

continuous line life drawing

Life drawing by Sandrine Pelissier.

figure drawing scribbling

Life drawing by Sandrine Pelissier.

life drawing exercises

Life drawing by Sandrine Pelissier.

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Life drawing by Sandrine Pelissier.

drawing the figure with markers

Life drawing by Sandrine Pelissier.

scribbling the figure

Life drawing by Sandrine Pelissier.

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Life drawing by Sandrine Pelissier.

As I worked from home for these drawings, I used the fantastic online tool for life drawing at http://artists.pixelovely.com/ . You can select a few options like models (clothed/unclothed, male/female, both) , the pose length, etc…

This technique works really well with children and teenagers.

portrait continuous line drawing

Drawing by Charlotte Pelissier

portrait scribbling

Drawing by Leo Pelissier

Life drawing exercise #4: Draw with a stick!

It might be difficult to believe but sometimes it can be fun to make life drawing more difficult than it already is. Drawing with a stick dipped in ink for sure doesn’t make it easier but the drawings you make like this have an interesting “raw” energy.

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Life drawing by Sandrine Pelissier.

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Life drawing by Sandrine Pelissier.

Life drawing exercise #5: Use ink for quick gesture drawings

Quick gesture drawings of 1 or 2 minutes don’t leave much space for correction and erasing. So you might as well embrace that fact and let go of expectations of accuracy and just aim for expressive and spontaneous drawings. Instead of using a pencil, use a marker or a fountain pen, that way you’re not even considering erasing will be a possibility. You can also try to make the drawings not too big, and have a few on the same page, it is all about making the most of the short time you have. You usually get very interesting expressive little “cartoonish” drawings that way.

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Quick one minute poses by Sandrine Pelissier.

What are the life drawing exercises you are using to make your figure drawing class fun?

5 techniques to make your Life Drawing class fun!
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